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1 National Forum on Education Statistics sponsored by the National Cooperative Education Statistics System and the National Center for Education Statistics

2 What is FERPA? Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act A federal law that protects the privacy of student records Applies to education agencies and institutions that receive funding from U.S. Department of Education

3 FERPA in a Nutshell Gives parents the right to access and amend their childrens education records Allows parents to control the disclosure of their childrens education records Generally prevents an education agency or institution from disclosing education records of students, or personally identifiable information contained in these records, without the written consent of the parents

4 Parents or eligible students are afforded the right under FERPA Parent means natural or adoptive parent, legal guardian, or individual acting as a parent or guardian in absence of him or her Eligible Student means students: Age 18 or above Attending a postsecondary institution at any age Important Terms: Parent or Eligible Student

5 1. Directory Information: A portion of the education that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed (e.g., students name, address, phone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, heights and weight of athletes, dates of attendance) Schools must provide public notice Parents may disallow such disclosure Disclosure of Student Information Requires Parental Consent, Except Under These Circumstances:

6 2. School officials with a legitimate educational interest (defined in FERPA regulations) 3.Other schools into which a student is transferring or enrolling 4.Specified officials for audit or evaluation 5.Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student (typically applies to postsecondary institutions) Disclosure of Student Information Requires Parental Consent, Except Under These Circumstances:

7 6.Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school 7.Accrediting organizations 8.Compliance with judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena 9.Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies 10.State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to state law Disclosure of Student Information Requires Parental Consent, Except Under These Circumstances:

8 Data Requests and FERPA Nothing in FERPA prohibits a school from disclosing information in aggregate, or in another form that is not personally identifiable. Personally identifiable information includes: name, parent/family name, address, social security number, student identification numbers, personal characteristics that make students identify easily traceable, and any other information that would make students identify easily traceable. Reporting Protocol


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